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Friday, April 17, 2009

On That 'Gun Show Loophole' Protest

In the category best labeled Why Bother?, those 32 "gun show loophole" protesters did exactly as they had vowed and laid themselves down on some lawn on the Virginia Tech campus yesterday, and, in doing so, drew a crowd of 34.

Or a crowd of 2, if you don't count the 32 protesters.

And we have it all captured on video.

Here's the thing: For some reason, they no longer don the black robes complete with hood that they've been known to entertain us with in the past. Not sure why. Maybe they've lost their shock value. Or the group couldn't afford the rental fee.

If it's simply a matter of spectator boredom, though, may I make a suggestion? Next time they might consider going from this:

... to this:

Depending on how "physically challenged" this bunch is, of course, I might even attend. With camera in hand. (Another suggestion: After perusing the bottom photo and reflecting on its lasting impact, ban all rotund, bald, elderly guys and fat chicks, please).

Could be a hoot.

Otherwise, I've a third suggestion. Get a job. This ain't workin'.

Photos (one doctored) courtesy of Collegiate Times and - appropriately - zombietime.com

A Sad Remembrance

On this day two years ago ...

... all hell rained down on the Virginia Tech campus.

Folks yesterday took time to reflect. And to commemorate:
Remembrance
By Zach Crizer, Collegiate Times news reporter

A single flame lit up the night. A bagpipe cried out "Amazing Grace" from the center of the Drillfield. A community remembered again. Immersed in sound, surrounded by light.

Two years after the tragedy, the Virginia Tech community arrived in Blacksburg to continue a remembrance of the victims of April 16, 2007.

"Amazing Grace" was sung by the Enlightened Gospel Choir during the ceremony. However, a single student played it first, on a nearly empty Drillfield as the sun faded from view.

After a speech by SGA President Emily Mashack, a candle was lit in honor of each victim of April 16. [link]

Fitting.

Photos From The Abingdon Tea Party

Doing what the media can't or won't, I'm presenting here photos of the protest that took place on Wednesday:
Great stuff.

My thanks go out to a true patriot for forwarding the photos.

The Democratic Response To The Tea Party

"Despicable" and "shameful." That's how it is being described.

First look at the photos above and then read this from a Washington politician. A Democrat:
Schakowsky: Tea parties 'despicable'
By Eric Zimmerman, The Hill

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) blasted "tea party" protests yesterday, labeling the activities "despicable" and shameful."

"The "tea parties" being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs," Schakowsky said in a statement.

"It's despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt," she added. "Not a single American household or business will be taxed at a higher rate this year. Made to look like a grassroots uprising, this is an Obama bashing party promoted by corporate interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians." [link]
What's got this bimbo's undies in a bunch, I wonder.

Whatever it is, it must be the direct result of this stupid woman not having a clue as to what the tea party revolt is all about. A stupid and too-slimy-by-half politician, I should say.

"Not a single American household or business will be taxed at a higher rate this year." But that's not what the movement is about at all, babe. It's about crushing taxes being levied on our children and grandchildren because of the shameful and despicable spending this woman and her ilk are engaged in in Washington. Trillion dollar deficits. Trillion ... dollar ... deficits.

"Promoted by corporate interests"? Is she referring to tiny little Fox News? That's got her worked up? The Republic is in jeopardy because Fox News hawked its coverage of the events?

"Republican lobbyists and politicians"? Is this woman aware of the fact that Republican Party chairman Michael Steele asked to speak at the Tea Party that was held in her hometown and was turned down by the organizers because the movement is - and will remain - a non-partisan grass roots effort?

Of course she didn't know it. She's too busy keeping her lips firmly planted on Obama's ass to spend time keeping herself informed of that which is going on around her. She prefers to remain deliriously uninformed.

Shameful and despicable indeed.

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Glenn Reynolds adds this:
“The husband of an Illinois congresswoman pleaded guilty Wednesday to tax violations and bank fraud for writing rubber checks and failing to collect withholding tax from an employee. Robert Creamer, a political consultant married to four-term U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, could face four years in prison on the two felony counts when he is sentenced Dec. 21.”

Tax hypocrisy abounds in Washington, but they’re angry that people are protesting.
Truer words were never spoken.

He's Supposed To HELP The Campaign?

Well, rest assured, Brian Moran, in his quest for the office of governor, has the loon vote locked up. His lunatic brother will see to that:
Brother’s Role in Congress Carries Weight in Race
By David A. Kirkpatrick and Ron Nixon, New York Times

Washington — Representative James P. Moran brought a special St. Patrick’s Day gift this year to his younger brother Brian, a candidate in the Democratic primary for governor of Virginia.

The elder Moran, a Virginia Democrat on the House panel that oversees military spending, let it be known that he would attend a holiday fund-raiser for his brother at the Ritz-Carlton hotel near the Pentagon, thus encouraging the attendance of military contractors and lobbyists. And Representative Moran even helped bring along a special guest, Representative John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, the panel’s chairman. [link]
And the Jew hater even brings the despised Murtha into Virginia to win votes. Defense lobbyist votes.

So, with James's help, Brian Moran is working to get the vilifed and the insane to go his way in November. That leaves the rest of the electorate to McAullife and McDonnell.

I'm no expert but I question the game plan ...

Why The Experts Are Wrong

You hear a lot these days about how the economic crisis seems to have bottomed out and we may be reversing the trend. Obama tells us that there are indications that things might even be getting better.

But there are actual indications (we'll call them data) that say otherwise:
Foreclosures 46% higher in March than a year ago
Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY

The number of homeowners facing foreclosure surged in March as lenders lifted temporary moratoriums and resumed legal actions against delinquent mortgage payers.

Foreclosure filings — default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — were reported on 341,180 properties in March, 46% more than a year ago and 17% above February's total, RealtyTrac reports today.

One in 159 U.S. housing units received at least one foreclosure notice in the first quarter, for a total of 803,459, according to RealtyTrac, which lists foreclosed properties around the country. [link]

What makes this particularly disconcerting is not just the fact that the number of foreclosures each month continues to explode. It's the evolving reason for the foreclosures. Where once it was the mortgage problem relating to home prices going "under water" and millions of foolish - and doomed - loans having been written, now the problem involves Americans who have lost their jobs. Followed close on by their having lost their homes.

That's an indication that it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

Regardless what Obama wants you to believe.

Problems Grow

Another sign that those foreigners who have been buying U.S. debt in recent years are shocked by that which Obama and his ship of fools are doing:
A 'Copper Standard' for the world's currency system?
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, London Telegraph

Hard money enthusiasts have long watched for signs that China is switching its foreign reserves from US Treasury bonds into gold bullion. They may have been eyeing the wrong metal.

China's State Reserves Bureau (SRB) has instead been buying copper and other industrial metals over recent months on a scale that appears to go beyond the usual rebuilding of stocks for commercial reasons.

Nobu Su, head of Taiwan's TMT group, which ships commodities to China, said Beijing is trying to extricate itself from dollar dependency as fast as it can.

"China has woken up. The West is a black hole with all this money being printed. The Chinese are buying raw materials because it is a much better way to use their $1.9 trillion of reserves. They get ten times the impact, and can cover their infrastructure for 50 years."

"The next industrial revolution is going to be led by hybrid cars, and that needs copper. You can see the subtle way that China is moving into 30 or 40 countries with resources," he said. [link]
It's traditional, in times of economic uncertainty, for investors to shift to precious metals from stocks in order to safeguard that which they can. That's why gold prices are hovering in the stratosphere these days.

But China has a different idea. And a smart one. Investment in another evermore precious - and increasingly scarce - metal. Copper. For future industrial use.

While we here in the U.S. invest in windmills, for God's sake.

Maybe they do deserve to rule the world.

'This Is What Journalism Has Become' ...

... in Barack Obama's America.

A journalist arrested at a mainstream "journalism" awards ceremony:

See John Ziegler’s arrest

Shameful. Despicable.

He'll Be Missed

I can't think of anyone who loved the game more or had more fun watching it. Or who provided more hours of entertainment to those of us who enjoyed watching with him.

John Madden's commentary will be sorely missed:
Madden retires from booth after 30 years
Associated Press

New York - John Madden’s last game as a football announcer was a thrilling Super Bowl decided in the final seconds.

The perfect ending to a run as one of sports’ most popular broadcasters, now that Madden called it a career Thursday.

Madden’s exuberance for football and blue-collar persona endeared him to TV viewers for three decades. Boom! As sudden as his signature call, he’s leaving midway through a six-year contract with NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

Madden said his health is fine, but at the age of 73, he wanted to spend more time with his family. His 50th wedding anniversary is this fall, and his five grandchildren are old enough to notice when he’s gone.

“The thing that made it hard is not because I’m second guessing: ‘Is it the right decision?’ But I enjoyed it so damn much,” Madden said. “I enjoyed the game and the players and the coaches and the film and the travel and everything.” [link]
And many of us enjoyed it with him.

John Madden. The best color man the sports broadcasting industry has ever had.

We'll miss ya, buddy.

George Orwell Laughs From His Grave

What in God's name do these people think they are going to accomplish by running this stunt?
Jesus Missing From Obama's Georgetown Speech
White House asked university to cover symbol
By Jim Iovino, NBC

Amidst all of the American flags and presidential seals, there was something missing when President Barack Obama gave an economic speech at Georgetown University this week -- Jesus.

The White House asked Georgetown to cover a monogram symbolizing Jesus' name in Gaston Hall, which Obama used for his speech, according to CNSNews.com.

The Belief Blog ... talked with Catholic University spokesman Victor Nakas, who felt a bit more strongly on the subject:

"I can’t imagine, as the bishops’ university and the national university of the Catholic Church, that we would ever cover up our religious art or signage for any reason," Mr. Nakas wrote. "Our Catholic faith is integral to our identity as an institution of higher education." [link]

As you've probably guessed (if you didn't already know it), Georgetown is a Catholic and Jesuit institution. Or it was until political correctness and faith-blind faith took control. Now its just a basketball school.

There's a metaphor there somewhere for this shameful degradation of the once proud school.

Make that shameful and despicable.

We Already Have It. It's Called 'Greyhound.'

Here's another one for the books. Obama wants to develop - at breathtaking expense - a passenger rail system that will go virtually unused and will cost the taxpayers an arm and a leg each year to maintain.

This guy must have missed the tea party:
Obama Seeks High-Speed Rail System Across U.S.
By Brian Knowlton, New York Times

Washington — President Obama on Thursday highlighted his ambition for the development of high-speed passenger rail lines in at least 10 regions, expressing confidence in the future of train travel even as he acknowledged that the American rail network, compared with the rest of the world’s, remains a caboose.

“What we need, then, is a smart transportation system equal to the needs of the 21st century,” he said, “a system that reduces travel times and increases mobility, a system that reduces congestion and boosts productivity, a system that reduces destructive emissions and creates jobs.”

And he added, “There’s no reason why we can’t do this.”

Mr. Obama said the $8 billion for high-speed rail in his stimulus package — to be spent over two years — and an additional $1 billion a year being budgeted over the next five years, would provide a “jump start” toward achieving that vision. [link]
Actually $9 billion will not be a spit in the ocean compared to what the actual costs of his harebrained scheme would be.

You want "a system that reduces travel times and increases mobility, a system that reduces congestion and boosts productivity," genius? Add lanes to I-70 and eliminate all those toll booths that are popping up across the country that become nothing more than roadblocks to efforts to reduce travel time and increase mobility, roadblocks that increase congestion and lower productivity.

A train. For the love of God.

A Sign Of The Times

I've been reading my Constitution. Trying to find the passage where it allows the judicial branch of government to "order" the executive branch of government to do anything. But it must be there. The Washington Post certainly thinks so:
The EPA Readies a Hammer
editorial

As soon as next week, the Environmental Protection Agency could follow through on an order from the Supreme Court to either declare carbon dioxide a pollutant or ... [link]
You know me. If I were the head of the executive branch of government, I'd return the favor by ordering the nine members of the Supreme Court to (a) follow the advice of Andrew Jackson and (b) kiss my ass.

I know it has to be there, though. The Washington Post ...